Whatever happened to the Halloween I grew up with…

I used to love Halloween.

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No really I did!

I used to love the magic of it all – dressing up and pretending to be someone else for a few hours, mom following along in her car while we went door to door & then driving us to a friend’s party, the delight of getting a handful of candy from one neighbor and a handmade caramel apple from another.

There’s no other holiday like it.

There’s certainly no other holiday that even remotely resembles what it has become…Thank God!

I won’t tell you to go to google and search Halloween. But I did and can you guess what I found? If you guessed pumpkins and cute little kids you’re half right. No cute little kids anywhere but pumpkins, yes. Gross, yucky, creepy, disgusting pumpkins that I would never want my children to see. ICK!

Not a cute little trick-or-treater in sight.

Lots of pictures of people who really ought not to be anywhere near children dressed that way though.

Even when I went and googled “trick-or-treaters”, I was surprised…and not pleasantly either. There were tons of pictures of kids (who couldn’t possibly be over 10) in the nastiest costumes I’ve ever seen.

What are their parents thinking?

What ever happened to good old-fashioned innocence! Well I guess the answer is in the question. It’s too “old-fashioned”! It went out with respect and people standing up and taking responsibility for their actions.

old-fashioned…

One thing about this holiday (this holiday I used to love) that absolutely floors me is how much craziness it brings out in adults. I have marveled at the comments, tweets and status updates talking about Halloween related things this past month (even a bit longer in some cases).

But what I did not expect and absolutely cannot stand is all the gross avatars, creepy new names & yucky stories being strung together across a dozen tweets. A tweet linking to a blog post with the yucky story I could handle but having to scroll past a hundred of them from several different people, never knowing what nastiness I’m about to read as I scan tweets and having to look at nasty pics every time these people post is enough. More than enough in fact.

Which is why I have chosen to unfollow people who’ve participated in this nonsense.

A person can only take so much!

I have worked so hard to weed these type of influences out of my life. To be slapped in the face with them every time I open Facebook or twitter is just too much.

So I will happily let go of Halloween. I’ve put it to rest. I don’t even need a mourning period.

But I will say Happy Fall!
And God Bless!

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5 thoughts on “Whatever happened to the Halloween I grew up with…

  1. Whatever it is, some people take things too far. I do think it can still be a fun/neat holiday where kids can have a lot of fun. Don’t led the bad apples ruin the lot.

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    • But don’t you see, that’s the hardest part.

      I never understood why it was so important to monitor the influences in my own life. Even after I had children, I thought my own life was subject to a different standard.

      But it’s not about the old phrase “Do as I say, not as I do…”

      It’s about fruit of the poisonous tree. Any unhealthy or ungodly influence in a parent’s life affects their children’s lives – whether the kids know about it or not, whether the kids are ever even exposed to it or not – it affects them.

      And they are affected by every single inappropriate or negative influence they are exposed to. I am simply trying to limit how much they’re exposed to.

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  2. What happened to it? Well, this country began with Christian principles, which are slowly but surely being replaced. Everything is changing… steadily growing worse. It’s time to turn away from things that mean nothing and spend time on things that mean everything!

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